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Which cities and towns are included in CHNA 7 MetroWest?
CHNA 7 MetroWest is part of Region 4 – MetroWest of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. It includes the 22 towns of Ashland, Foxborough, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Northborough, Plainville, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Westborough and Wrentham.

What is the focus of CHNA 7?
This coalition encompasses members of 22 cities and towns in Greater MetroWest who aim to improve the health status of our residents with an emphasis on serving low income individuals and families and culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Members work collaboratively to identify local and regional health priorities, design and implement community-based prevention plans, and track success in achieving healthier communities. Together, we develop new health improvement projects. 

What is the current focus of CHNA 7?
The Behavioral Health Initiative was launched in 2015. Starting in 2016 we funded behavioral health and chronic health programs and we will continue to support these types of programs in 2017.

The CHNA 7-North and CHNA 7-South Advisory Committees provide insight to the CHNA 7 Steering Committee as to the most current issues in their regions. The Advisory Committees provide suggestions to the Steering Committee that makes the final decision for the focus which is aligned with the most recent Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan. 

How does CHNA 7 provide funding?
As a health care facility makes an improvement, it needs to inform the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Through the Determination of Need program, CHNA 7 must submit a proposal to the health care facility and DPH for approval. A successful application from CHNA 7 results in close work with representatives from the health care facility and DPH to address needs in our community. Since 2011, CHNA 7 has received funds from improvements to MetroWest Medical Center (numerous projects), Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center, Shields MRI, and Norwood Hospital. After receipt of a DoN award, CHNA 7 Advisory Committees meet to discuss priorities in their region based on the MetroWest Community Health Assessment and other local health assessments. Then the committees make suggestions to the Steering Committee who vote on the priorities for the RFP. The Advisory Committee members review the proposals and make recommendations to the Steering Committee which determines the final approval for awards.